As Baby Boomers retire and transition into a new life many wonder what they will do with the 2000 plus hours they used to give to a job, business, or career.
Feeling lost and even depressed many join numerous clubs and activities just to keep busy. Have you ever heard a retired person state, I am busier now than I ever was before?
The other extreme is the retiree who sits around wondering what to do with all of their time. Do you identify with either of these scenarios?
Recent studies show that continuing to be productive in retirement benefits you, the economy, and society. Following are four tips to help you make the choices that best benefit you.
1) First of all, anticipate the stress of retirement. What stress can there be in retirement? Retirement changes life dramatically.
For example one week you are working and the next, no matter how well you planned, you are no longer going to work. Your sense of belonging to a group, your financial situation, your self-image, and your leisure time are all affected. Preparing for this transition by understanding and accepting it is a start, but not always easy.
Realize when you retire, your life is not over. You now have an opportunity to do something new, different, and productive. It is never too late to begin something new. All it takes is the desire to learn and the willingness to take action.
2) Retirement for Baby Boomers can be the perfect time to give back value, discover your true purpose, and make a contribution to the world. Now is the time to take action on your dreams. What have you always wanted to do? What have you put off doing due to work and family commitments?
3) Have you considered the possibility of a second career? You may expand a hobby or become a consultant in the field of your expertise. Have you thought about starting your own business or going back to school?
4) Next, take time to update your goals and set new ones. Review how you have spent your life so far. What makes you happy?
If you are having difficulty, choose from the following activities:
- Choose a challenging activity; build a blog to share your ideas. Blogs are great for building a business, journaling about what is important to you, or getting the word out about a product, service or a non-profit organization.
- Study a new subject. Learning new things is great for longevity; and is definitely good for your brain cells and happiness.
- Talk to others every day, build relationships. You can build relationships locally and with the Internet you can connect with interesting people all over the world.
- Stay focused in the moment. Dale Carnegie stated it best. He said, "live in day tight compartments." Use your senses to bring you joy. Use your eyes to notice other people. How can you help or be of service? Use your sense of smell to enjoy dinner cooking or the damp earth after a rain. Use your ears to listen to the wind, the water, your family or a dog barking. Taste your food. Savour every bite. Notice the texture, sweetness or sourness. Touch a velvety rose, hug your family and friends, or stroke a kitten.
- Be thankful you are able to experience and share all of these things.
When you have worked for many years transitioning to retirement can leave you feeling lost, even depressed.
Many retirees keep themselves overly busy to avoid the pain of loss or they have too much time on their hands and do not know what to do. It is up to you to reach out to others, develop new skills, build a business, blog about your experiences, and keep yourself excited to be here now.
Remember that continuing to be productive in retirement gives you great benefits, as well as, the economy and society.
As Baby Boomers retire each boomer has over 2000 hours a year to reinvent their lives. What are your plans? How are you reinventing yourself?